Mario Kart 8 Deluxe gets a semi-substantial patch


Mostly upgrades for online play

Typically when Nintendo patches something, they’re trying to eliminate vulnerabilities or add that sweet sweet “stability” into the mix (which is usually code for “we got rid of more vulnerabilities”). Today with update 1.1 for Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, we got a little something more.

As revealed by Nintendo, Deluxe‘s patch adds some smaller quality of life changes for online play (seeing opponent’s names in the rear view mirror), a better spectator system, matchmaking alterations, a lobby fix, and of course that now famous Inkling Girl animation.

It’s probably not going to sell any units on its own, but 1.1 is a decent improvement for anyone who messes around online with friends. I hope Nintendo continues to add to Deluxein multiple ways, from other patches to full-on DLC — I’d love to see some more themed tracks (maybe we’ll get an ARMS cup?).

Ver 1.1 [Nintendo]

  • Opponents’ names are displayed in the rear view mirror view in online matches.
  • Invincibility period after a spin-out or crash is longer in online matches.
  • Up to two players can spectate a friend group while they wait to join.
  • “Worldwide” and “Regional” modes add players to Mirror and 200cc matches less often.
  • Can now properly create a friend lobby when you have 100 or more friends.
  • Inkling Girl’s animation has been adjusted.
  • Starting positions in online races now properly reflect the order in which players join.
  • Driver Miis now properly showing facial expressions.
  • Tournament clock now properly reflects real-world time.